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11/7/2017 - Greensburg City Council Meeting - Click here to print this information

The Greensburg City Council met Monday evening. The council discussed the animal control ordinance amendment. Council member Jamie Cain was unable to attend the meeting and, since he was a key in developing the portion of the amendment pertaining to chickens, the council tabled the ordinance until the December meeting. They did, however, allow public comment on the amendment. Donna Stephens, Michael Doerflinger, and Brent Lee addressed the council. Mrs. Stephens expressed concern that Greensburg has the current restrictions since many larger communities allow up to 12 chickens. She felt that many people want fresh eggs year round, not just during the farmers market. Mr. Doerflinger stated that chickens would not create a noise problem, especially compared to other animals and pets. Mr. Lee felt approval of the ordinance would help income challenged families and would foster better neighboring. Kathy Reynolds stated that the city investigated one complaint of chickens running free, but found no evidence. She stated that, if the ordinance was adopted, the city would send letters for violations. The city could impose fines and take other legal actions, including placing a lien on property. She pointed out that residential lots that couldn't accommodate the required 20 foot setback would have to apply for variances. Council member Vietta McKenzie stated that the ordinance could be changed if issues got out of hand.

The council approved the public safety tax ordinance on the first reading. The ordinance would allow appropriation of funds the city will begin receiving from Decatur County beginning in January from the new public safety tax.

City Engineer Ron May updated the council on the Barachel Lane and Montgomery Road project as well as the Title VI survey results.

Police Chief Brendan Bridges received approval to transfer funds to purchase 2 in-car video systems. He informed the council that the "Tip-a-Cop" event will take place on November 7th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Pizza King.

Marc Coplon, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation, provided an update to the council. Two key areas he presented were the 550 acre business enterprise park north of I-74 across from Honda that has been certified as shovel ready as well as negotiations for a shell building to be funded by the county Redevelopment Commission in the Adams Business Park.

The council will hold its next meeting on December 4th at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.

Tom Flemming-WTRE News

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